190 Freshmen Enroll at ESF
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), marking the 10th year of its renewed freshman entry program, welcomes a freshman class of 190 students this fall, an increase of nearly 60 over last year's first-year class.
The 1,600-member student body at ESF also includes 220 transfer students who are new to campus, and about 500 graduate students who are pursuing master's or doctoral degrees. Thirty-nine students are studying forest technology at ESF's New York State Ranger School in Wanakena.
The freshmen are the first students to begin their studies while ESF is under the leadership of a new president, Dr. Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. ESF spent 12 years as an upper-division college before it resumed educating freshmen and sophomores in 1990. That year, the college enrolled a freshman class of 50 students.
Susan H. Sanford, ESF's director of undergraduate admissions, said the college's planned enrollment increase led to the larger size of the current freshman class. She said the college initiated broader outreach and recruitment activities, with a special focus on personalized attention for applicants.
The college also enjoyed a 30 percent increase in freshman applications this year, showing the highest growth of any SUNY campus. At the same time, the quality of the applicant pool has remained high, with ESF freshmen among the highest-ranking students in their high school classes. They also continue to be students who are active in their communities and committed to the future of their world.
"We are very pleased at the results of our recruitment efforts. The college is very lucky to have this number of bright young people join our community," Murphy said.
The freshman class comprises students from nine states and the District of Columbia. Eighty-eight percent of the freshmen are from New York.
Students began arriving at the ESF campus Thursday, Aug. 24, for an orientation program. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 28.
ESF is a specialized college of the State University of New York. The college was founded in 1911.
ESF offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in chemistry, construction management and wood products engineering, environmental and forest biology, environmental resources and forest engineering, environmental studies, forest resources management, landscape architecture, and paper science and engineering. There is also a dual option in forest ecosystem science. Students at the Ranger School earn an associate's degree in forest technology, with some opting for a concentration in surveying.